My trip to Portovenere and La Spezia this past weekend was incredible and was very fun my sister and her Vcu class. We got on the bus in the morning it took a couple of hours to get there in the meantime my sister and her friends were looking for a place for us to stay in she found a houseboat for our stay in so we did but will get into the that later. So when got off the bus we got another bus to the city of Portovenere which was beautiful it had castles, and it had a rocky beach and water cave that we could swim in, and that was very fun. I got to see a fantastic castle, and I took amazing photos of the water cave, and the castles that were there the city is so unique and nothing I have ever seen before. When we were finished swimming, we got a fantastic dinner with pesto sauces on it. Then it was time for robins class to go back to Florence while the robin, Sean, Annie and I went to our houseboat in the upper area of Portovenere we had a great the staying on the houseboat and we had incredible food too. In the morning, we went to La Spezia to have a day to walk around and then we bought some food, and we had a picnic in one of the parks in La Spezia. Then we waited for the time to go the train to go back to Florence, we got the train station and headed back the Florence.
So I took a Sunday to go to Pisa and Luca with the art history teacher. It was the first time I went outside the city and Pisa was terrific, I had always wanted to see the tower of Pisa, and I took a photo of myself pretending to hold the tower up It was cute and enjoyable. I saw scientist frescos on the wall and saw more architecture and the beauty of the ancient city it was incredible. I spent the mourning in Pisa and afternoon in Luca which also I ancient city and full of architecture and fantastic food and ancient sites and churches were incredible. I saw famous paintings that I learned about in my art history class at Longwood and had a great time in both cities.
My first role of film that I develop went great; I used some of the photos I took for my final project. Working in the darkroom for the first time was very interesting, but fun and I have made a lot of great photos in the darkroom.
So my first trip was climbing the Duomo which was a hard, but fun and very narrow but it was worth it because seeing the city from such a high up was very incredible. Then I took a walk around the, capturing my first roll of film I took photos of flowers and the Duomo, churches, architecture. I visited the Ponte Vecchio, which is the famous covered bridge it so beautiful seeing the sun go down there I captured the moment with a film camera and my phone so that never forget that moment. I also saw the fake David at a castle in the square of Florence, seeing that was incredible and just walking around the city capturing a photo is what loved to do every night.
On May 16th I arrived, I got off the plane and headed into the city to get my key from SACI to the apartment because I wasn’t really on group flight once there I was so tired, so I unpacked then took a nap. When I woke up my suitemates, and I explored the city. It was amazing. I saw the Duomo for the first time, and this place where the fake the David was and my suitemates and I got food to make for our Italian meal my suitemate made pasta. Seeing the city was one of the most incredible moments of my life it hit me that I was in a place that I always wanted to go to Florence since it where the renaissance started and the city is incredible. My first day was incredible, and my journey continued.
So my first week of classes at SACI was terrific, I started with ceramics class on Monday the 20th of May. The first day I made a pinch pot with my hands that I turned into my Sorority cup. As my classes went on that week, I sculptured my first project, my cat head and I made the place where I can be my self my sorority chapter room. As the week continued, I started my first photo class with Romeo. I learned the first steps to making black and white photo and learned how to use my film camera. I took my first roll of film, but you will hear about that in another post so overall the classes the first week and on were tremendous and I been learning so much each day.
I am Darby Rachelle Bouweiri, I am a craft and design major at Longwood University and I studying aboard for Art at the amazing SACI School in the beautiful city of Florence Italy, Its for 5 1/2 weeks and I am having so much fun